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Diane Wakoski Quotes and Sayings

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Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is
pressured simply goes underground.
- Diane Wakoski

Other people have noticed more of an evolution than
I have and so I'll try to tell you where I'm coming
from and also relate it to what I think other people perceive.
- Diane Wakoski

I do not read newspapers.
I do not watch television.
I am not interested in current events,
although I will occasionally discuss them if other
people want to discuss them.
- Diane Wakoski

I am not political as a person.
- Diane Wakoski

 

I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from
British or other English language poetry.
- Diane Wakoski

American poetry, like American painting,
is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.
- Diane Wakoski

I think that's what poetry does.
It allows people to come together and identify with
a common thing that is outside of themselves,
but which they identify with from the interior.
- Diane Wakoski

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But I am not political in the current events sense,
and I have never wanted anyone to read my poetry that way.
- Diane Wakoski

Sometimes the archaism of the language when it's spoken
is why we are all in love with the Irish today.
- Diane Wakoski

American poets celebrate their bodies,
very specifically, as Whitman did.
- Diane Wakoski

Because, in fact, women, feminists, do read my poetry,
and they read it often with the power of their political interpretation.
I don't care; that's what poetry is supposed to do.
- Diane Wakoski

High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art,
and American poetry is not excluded from this.
- Diane Wakoski

My poems are almost all written as Diane.
I don't have any problems with that,
and if other women choose to identify with this,
I think that's terrific.
- Diane Wakoski

But I don't think that poetry is a good,
to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events.
- Diane Wakoski

PC stuff just lowers the general acceptance of good
work and replaces it with bogus poetry that celebrates
values that in themselves are probably quite worthy.
- Diane Wakoski

I'm perfectly happy when I look out at an audience and it's all women.
I always think it's kind of odd, but then,
more women than men, I think, read and write poetry.
- Diane Wakoski

I have always wanted what I have now come to call the
voice of personal narrative.
That has always been the appealing voice in poetry.
It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare's sonnets.
- Diane Wakoski

Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the
context of one's geographic landscape,
sometimes out of one's cultural myths,
and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.
- Diane Wakoski

I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it.
If this question was pointing towards that,
I think it is missing the point of the American tradition,
which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes
out of politically active writers.
- Diane Wakoski

So, I've never been politically correct,
even before that term was available to us,
and I have really identified with other people who
don't want to be read as just a black poet,
or just a woman poet, or just someone who represents a cause,
an anti-Vietnam war poet.
- Diane Wakoski

I think one of the things that language poets are very
involved with is getting away from conventional ideas of beauty,
because those ideas contain a certain attitude toward women,
certain attitudes toward sex, certain attitudes toward race,
etc.
- Diane Wakoski

I think that great poetry is the most interesting and
complex use of the poet's language at that point in history,
and so it's even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats,
almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps
no one can really top that.
- Diane Wakoski

From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider
all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth
and thus they figure into good American poetry,
whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not.
- Diane Wakoski

I'm passing on a tradition of which I am part.
There's a long line of poets who went before me,
and I'm another one, and I'm hoping to pass that on to other younger,
or newer, poets than myself.
- Diane Wakoski

One, I have a wonderful publisher, Black Sparrow Press;
as long as they exist,
they will keep me in print.
And they claim they sell very respectable numbers of my books,
so I guess, and it's true, every place I go,
my books are in libraries and on bookshelves.
- Diane Wakoski

I think I'm a very good reader of poetry,
but obviously, like everybody, I have a set of criteria for reading poems,
and I'm not shy about presenting them,
so if people ask for my critical response to a poem,
I tell them what works and why, and what doesn't work and why.
- Diane Wakoski

To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

In spite of unseasonable wind, snow
and unexpected weather of all sorts -
a gardener still plants.
And tends what they have planted ...
believing that Spring will come.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer PHOTO

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank PHOTO

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

He who controls others may be powerful,
but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
- Lao Tzu

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent
of what nature has revealed to us.
- Albert Einstein

We must adjust to changing times
and still hold to unchanging principles.
- Jimmy Carter

Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

The human voice can never reach the distance
that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Do what you love.
Know your own bone;
gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it,
and gnaw it still.
- Henry David Thoreau

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

Don't die with your music still inside you.
- Wayne Dyer

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations.
For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Helen Keller

A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

Look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool
and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be still and know who you are.
- Kirtana

As your spirit soars throughout
the vast Cathedral of Your Being,
look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your friend is the man who knows all about you,
and still likes you.
- Elbert Hubbard

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

Today Is More Joyful Than Yesterday,
And Tomorrow Will Be More Joyful Still.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what it is still possible for you to do.
- Pope John XXIII

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Relax. Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

A friend encourages your dreams and offers advice -
but when you don't follow it,
they still respect and love you.
- Doris Wild Helmering

Repressed anger still is anger, it just isn't expressed.
If you truly have no anger, you are blessed and joyful.
If you have repressed anger, know that you have anger,
you just haven't expressed that anger.
Go ahead, express your anger briefly,
pound pillows, scream, curse.
Then take a deep breath, and get over it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Anonymous


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